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animating spirit of frida

Very moving . . . thanks once again to dmf.

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Earthship Enterprise: Captains’ Blog

Excerpts from Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters [digging myself into a hole]

“This is a blog documenting the building of an Earthship, our home, by and for Amanda J. Speer & Dain W. Dalle.”



“And here’s some other greenhouse plants… We’ve been busy Not Gardening.”


Living room

[Dain weaving the dream.]  “We turned our living room into studio space. It’ll stay this way until we build Dain’s bedroom. Then his room will be the studio until we finish the house, and then BUILD THE STUDIO. All in under ten years I hope. Some people have kids, we have house.”



“This is already outdated! We have framed more of this room and the greenhouse to date, but you get the idea.”


Mosiac 2

“The other mosaic also got completed in December.”


kitchen 2

“Figuring out how we are going to use the tiles.”



[Editor’s niece.] “And, I made a shirt, I wove it, sewed it, dyed it, and now I’m wearing it… probably everyday for three years. I made three others as well. MORE TO COME!”



“Some of my finished scarves (that I would love to sell. Too bad they are hand made, and have to be pretty expensive).” [Editor’s scarf, right.]



“A cat that is much too big for her new flower pot – or – A cat hatching basil”

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Margaret Walker

“with all illusion of completeness”

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Investing in Soil Health, One Piece of Land at a Time

This article appears in the Spring 2016 issue of the Slow Money Journal. Leslie Christian is a financial advisor who has been a leader in social and environmental investing for decades. She is a senior advisor at RSF Social Finance and NorthStar Asse

Source: Investing in Soil Health, One Piece of Land at a Time

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‘What Is Grounding?’ Deleuze’s Journey through the History of Philosophy

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In this early 1956-1957 lecture previously unavailable to the public, Gilles Deleuze takes his students through a tour of the history of philosophy by using the red thread of the notion ‘grounding.’ What Is Grounding’ is unsurprisingly insightful and sweeping in scope, explaining the general thrust of many canonical philosophers and how the concepts of each prepares the way for the philosophers that follow them, forming a single story. The big attention-grabber for these lectures for those well-read in Deleuze’s oeuvre is that finally a published work in which he “positions” himself with respect to other famous philosophers of his day or era, especially Martin Heidegger. We also get a discussion of Hegel and his placement within the history of philosophy. But emphasis on this common thread of ‘Grounding’ has much more to reveal about the obsessive work of European philosophers than taking names and claiming lines of affiliation.


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radioactive wild boars rampaging Fukishima

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Amid Climate-Fueled Food Crisis, Filipino Forces Open Fire on Starving Farmers

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Police and army forces shot at about 6,000 starving farmers and Lumad Indigenous people demonstrating for drought relief in the Philippines on Friday, ultimately killing 10. Observers characterized the security forces’ action as “a strafing.””The government’s response to hunger is violence,” said Zeph Repollo, Southeast Asia campaign coordinator for, in an email to Common Dreams.

Source: Amid Climate-Fueled Food Crisis, Filipino Forces Open Fire on Starving Farmers

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